Labiaplasty Vaginal Rejuvenation
Some women with enlarged labia minora, or inner lips, experience physical discomfort or embarrassment because labia that hang below the labia majora, or outer lips, can catch in clothing or become irritated during exercise or intimacy. This condition, known as labia minora hypertrophy, may be a condition that women experience since puberty or it can occur as a result of childbirth, aging, or weight loss. Labiaplasty, a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the vaginal area for cosmetic or functional purposes, can restore self-esteem and help women feel comfortable with their bodies. The plastic surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group are highly experienced in labiaplasty, and are committed to providing patients with superior results for renewed confidence.
Why Choose Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a personal choice that women seek out for a variety of reasons. Our patients come from a diverse range of backgrounds, shapes, and ages and they each decide that labiaplasty is right for them to help improve their quality of life. Labiaplasty patients may seek to:
- Reduce large labia
- Provide symmetry to uneven labia
- Restore confidence after childbirth
- Relieve discomfort during intercourse
- Alleviate frequent irritation during everyday activities
- Rejuvenate labia that have changed due to aging or weight loss
- Eliminate pain caused by labia when exercising or wearing certain clothing
How Does Labiaplasty Work?
During your labiaplasty consultation appointment, your surgeon will assess you and discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals in order to create your treatment plan.
The two most common approaches for labiaplasty are the trim technique and the wedge technique. In a trim procedure the excess labial tissue is removed and sutured along the perimeter. A wedge procedure involves removing a triangle of tissue and then suturing the incision to reduce the size of the labia while maintaining the natural labial edge. Labiaplasty is typically performed with general anesthesia, but may be performed using local anesthesia.
Additional Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures
While labiaplasty to reduce the inner labia is the most common type of vaginal plastic surgery, there are additional procedures to address patient needs and aesthetic goals. The surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group are also experienced in the following procedures, which may be performed in conjunction with labiaplasty:
- Clitoral Hood Reduction Excessive folds around the clitoral hood can be reduced to provide a proportionate appearance.
- Labia Majoraplasty Outer labia that is overly full or disproportionate in size can be surgically reduced.
- Monsplasty A mons, or upper pubic mound, that is bulging due to excessive skin or fatty tissue can be reduced.
- Vaginoplasty Vaginal canals may lose muscle tone overtime or due to childbirth. Vaginoplasty can reduce vaginal laxity by repairing separated vaginal muscles through surgery or laser treatment.
Labiaplasty may also be performed as part of a mommy makeover, which is a personalized treatment plan for women who seek to restore their confidence after childbirth.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is typically an outpatient procedure. There may be some pain or discomfort after surgery that can be managed with medication. Patients are advised to take approximately one week off work and refrain from strenuous activity or sexual intercourse for six weeks. Minor swelling may persist for several months after the procedure.
Am I A Candidate for Labiaplasty?
The best way to determine if labiaplasty may be right for you is to schedule a consultation at one of our nine New York City or Long Island locations. You may be a candidate for labiaplasty if you are in general good health and:
- You experience physical discomfort during exercise or intimacy due to excess tissue
- You suffer psychological distress due to asymmetricaly or overly large labia
- Bodily changes due to childbirth, aging, or weight loss have left you unhappy with your labia
- You wish to improve the appearance of the vaginal area
After approximately six weeks, any bruising and most swelling should recede, but minor residual swelling may persist for up to six months. Once all swelling has disappeared, the final results will be revealed. There is typically very little to no visible long term scarring from labiaplasty because the surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group take care to hide incisions within labial folds and the tissue of the labia generally heals very well. Labiaplasty patients often report an increase in confidence, improved intimacy, and a newfound ease with activities that were previously uncomfortable.
Learn more about the labiaplasty procedure in this video.
Take the first step toward feeling empowered and confident in your body. If you are interested in learning more about labiaplasty or scheduling a consultation, contact the experienced team at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group today.